Kelley Friday, Sept. 26th,
FAVORITES PREVAIL IN CARDINAL & VIOLET ELIM’S
Illinois conceived and foaled
two-year-olds shared top billing on Friday’s Maywood Park card as a pair of
elimination tussles for freshmen pacers were contested.
Fillies kicked off the
action with a field of eight gathering behind the gate for a $10,000 Violet
Stake elimination. The top five finishers will get the chance to join
Sportsmuffler, Angel Demon and Duneside Perttie in next Friday’s $43,600 final.
With the defection of division leaders Mr Leland’s Filly and Lex, the final
should be a wide-open event but the betting public was right on for the
elimination as 7-5 favorite Luvniecestopieces posted a two-length wire to wire
victory in 1:57.1 for driver Todd Warren.
Sent right to the front
from post six by Warren the daughter of Yankee Skyscaper—Fox Valley Dujour cruised
through splits of 27.4, 58.2 & 1:27.3 while never being challenged. With
plenty in reserve and an outer flow that was going nowhere, the Hart Walker
trained miss rolled home in 29.3 to notch her third win in 10 starts this
season. Fox Valley Charm (Kyle Wilfong) shook loose late to wind up as the
bridesmaid while Fox Valley Kit (Brian Carpenter) was third. Also gaining spots
in the final were Girls Hunt Too and Lyrics Fall.
The public’s choice
returned $4.80, $3.60 & $2.60 while moving her record to 3-4-1 in 10 starts
with earnings of $19,551 for the partnership of Hart & Robert Walker, Robyn
Klingler and Homer Henke.
The Cardinal elimination
also brought out a field of eight youngsters and produced another front
stepping winner as Engel Stable of Illinois The Big Sleazy reported home with a
half-length win in 1:56.4 with Dave Magee at the controls.
After working hard to gain
control of the proceedings the gelded son of Sagebrush—Decent Lawyer stepped
through splits of 28.3, 58.3 & 1:27.4 for his Hall of Fame reinseman.
The Nelson Willis trainee
appeared to be well within himself through the lane turning back a brief bid
from the pocket sitting Mighty Hot Shot (Todd Warren) as he notched his second
win in seven lifetime starts. Mighty Hot Shot was forced to settle for the
runner-up role on this night while C Note (Travis Seekman) took the “overland”
route to a deceptively strong third place finish. With the top four in this
event moving on the last spot in next week’s $43,350 final went to Thisishowweroll.
They will be joined by Dupage’s Z Tam, Earndawg, King Of The Swamp and
Bet to even-money
favoritism The Big Sleazy returned $4.00, $2.40 & $2.10 while pushing his
lifetime slate to 2-2-1 in 7 starts with earnings of $23,070.